if i were a terrorist (which by the way i AM NOT) this is the sort of info i'd be looking for. now i wonder to myself, 'self i say, why is THIS public'? i sure as hell wouldn't release this bit o' news UNTIL AFTER it was corrected.
Coast Guard, FBI Tension Threatens Sea-Based Response
Justice Watchdog Asserts Potentially Dangerous Reactions
POSTED: 9:17 am EDT April 4, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Squabbling between the Coast Guard and the FBI could lead to confused and potentially disastrous responses to terrorism incidents at sea, a government investigator said Monday.
Disagreements over the roles the two agencies should take in responding to a maritime terrorism threat or attack come as intelligence analysts continue to believe that al-Qaida and other terror groups are likely to launch attacks on ports, warships, cruise ships or ferries, said Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine.
The bickering came to a head in last year's weeklong anti-terrorism drill, TOPOFF 3, in which the Coast Guard said the FBI repeatedly blocked Coast Guard plans to try out a new team in a mock assault on a ferry off the coast of Connecticut, Fine said in a partially blacked-out, 103-page report. The FBI wanted to limit the assault to its elite Hostage Rescue Team. The Coast Guard ultimately changed the scenario to circumvent the FBI's role as the lead agency, Fine said. ..........